More detail on this person: Lieutenant Colonel Theodore R Dunigan, 60 of Kenner, Louisiana Theodore Dunigan, religious, civic leader Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, May 7, 2003 Theodore R. Dunigan, a religious and civic leader in Kenner, retired Army officer and former Xavier administrator, died Friday in an automobile accident in Kenner. He was 60. Born in Frankfort, Ky., Mr. Dunigan earned his undergraduate degree in business administration at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. He earned the equivalent of a master's degree at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Dunigan was a helicopter pilot with the Army in Vietnam, and received a number of military awards, including a Purple Heart. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, having spent 25 years in the armed forces, and went on to work as an administrator in the industrial plant division at Xavier University and as Kenner's assistant community development director for four years, until his death. It was as an ROTC instructor at West Virginia State College in Institute that Mr. Dunigan met his wife, Alverta Dunigan, who was born in Kenner. He moved with her to Louisiana in 1984 and quickly developed strong community and religious ties. He held a number of positions at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, including that of deacon and drill master of the PBC Drill Team. He also was the treasurer and then vice president of the 4 C's -- the Concerned Citizens' Civic Coalition, a community service group co-founded by his wife, who died in 2000. Mr. Dunigan was a Mason and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and he served as the co-chairman for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Kenner since 2001. "He definitely was a true humanitarian, someone who really looked out for others and truly was concerned about the community," Kenner Councilman Marc Johnson said. Survivors include four daughters, Yvonne Dunigan-Higginbotham, Edith Dunigan, Alva Johnson Dunigan and Julie E. Williams Duiguid, of Institute, W.Va.; a son, Jason E. Williams of Charleston, W.Va.; three brothers, Edward Lee Dunigan, of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Michael Dunigan and James Dunigan, both of Cincinnati; and four grandchildren. He was the legal guardian of Avery Johnson. A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 2114 Third St., Kenner. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Park. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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